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Why Lymphedema is Commonly Seen by Vein Doctors.

Why Lymphedema is Commonly Seen by Vein Doctors.

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Lymphedema and its relationship to Varicose Vein Disease.


Vein disease and lymphatic disease often go hand in hand and are commonly seen by varicose vein specialists. The reason being that both diseases cause a similar symptom frequently found in patients that suffer from venous insufficiency - leg swelling.  

Lymphedema, also referred to as lymphatic obstruction, is caused when there is a blockage in the circulatory and immune systems (the lymphatic system) that prevents lymphatic fluids from being released back into the blood stream.  The pressure from the increased fluid collects in the fatty tissues under your skin eventually causing swelling (or edema).  Lymphedema can be caused by surgery or radiation therapy and, like varicose vein disease, is hereditary.

While most patients suffering from leg swelling seen in our office only have varicose vein disease, it is important to have a working knowledge of both diseases.  This is also one of the primary reasons why all of our patients undergo a thorough initial consultation using a Doppler duplex ultrasound examination to determine the true source of their pain and swelling.  Only after such examination can we determine the proper treatment needed, and work with the patient’s primary care physician to inform them if additional treatment is recommended.

Our Philosophy. Find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (now known as Venous and Lymphatic Disease) as we do our patients. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Disease Doctor (formerly known as Phlebology).


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